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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 11, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter

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Along with his directing partners Jim Abraham and brother David Zucker, Jerry Zucker all but revolutionized comedy in the 1980s, starting with arguably the most famous cinematic parody, "Airplane!" (1980). Prior to that surprising commercial success, Zuckers and Abraham wrote the cult classic, "Kentucky Fried Move" (1977), an uproarious comedy of unconnected sketches that skewered kung-fu movies, exploitation films and public service announcements. After "Airplane," Zuckers and Abraham made a failed attempt at television with "Police Squad!" (ABC, 1982), before bouncing back on the big screen with "Top Secret!" (1984). With the trio going their separate ways, Zucker began making more mainstream movies, directing "Ruthless People" (1986) and the surprisingly romantic drama, "Ghost" (1990), starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. He also turned "Police Squad!" into the successful film franchise, "The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) before helming "First Knight" (1995) and "Rat Race" (2001). In between, Zucker produced "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995) and "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). Though he shied away from directing later in his career, and in fact took a large step back in...

Along with his directing partners Jim Abraham and brother David Zucker, Jerry Zucker all but revolutionized comedy in the 1980s, starting with arguably the most famous cinematic parody, "Airplane!" (1980). Prior to that surprising commercial success, Zuckers and Abraham wrote the cult classic, "Kentucky Fried Move" (1977), an uproarious comedy of unconnected sketches that skewered kung-fu movies, exploitation films and public service announcements. After "Airplane," Zuckers and Abraham made a failed attempt at television with "Police Squad!" (ABC, 1982), before bouncing back on the big screen with "Top Secret!" (1984). With the trio going their separate ways, Zucker began making more mainstream movies, directing "Ruthless People" (1986) and the surprisingly romantic drama, "Ghost" (1990), starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. He also turned "Police Squad!" into the successful film franchise, "The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) before helming "First Knight" (1995) and "Rat Race" (2001). In between, Zucker produced "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995) and "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). Though he shied away from directing later in his career, and in fact took a large step back in general, Zucker remained an instantly recognizable name as one of the most influential figures in the history of comedy.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Rat Race (2001) Director
2.
  First Knight (1995) Director
3.
  Ghost (1990) Director
4.
  Ruthless People (1986) Director
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  Top Secret! (1984) Director
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  Airplane! (1980) Director
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  Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
8.
  Our Planet Tonight (1987) Creator
9.
  Our Planet Tonight (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Airplane! (1980) Ground Crewman
2.
 Kentucky Fried Movie, The (1977) 3rd Technician (Eyewitness News); Beaver (Courtroom); Man (Nytex Pm)
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1969:
With brother David and friend Jim Abrahams, formed the Kentucky Fried Theatre in Madison
1977:
First film as co-writer and actor, "Kentucky Fried Movie"
1980:
First film as co-director and producer (co-executive), "Airplane!" (Also co-writer)
1990:
Solo directing debut, "Ghost"
1991:
Executive produced the sequel "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear"
1995:
Directed and produced "First Knight", a retelling of the Camelot myth
1997:
Served a producer on the romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding"
2001:
Returned to directing with the frenetic comedy "Rat Race"; also produced
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Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison , Wisconsin -

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wife:
Janet Zucker. Producer.

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father:
Burton Zucker. Real estate developer.
mother:
Charlotte Zucker. Junior high school teacher. Cameo in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2".
brother:
David Zucker. Screenwriter, producer, director.
sister:
Susan Breslau. Speech therapist. Cameo in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2".
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